Five Star Linked Data

The vision of the Semantic Web is to create both connected and interlinked data which can be shared and reused by all. In 2006, Sir Tim Berners-Lee introduced a notion of linked data and the best practices for creating and sharing on the Web. To encourage people (and government) to share data he additionaly developed a rating system:

* Available on the web in any format, but with an open licence
** Available as machine readable structured data such as Excel
*** As for two stars, but in an open format such as CSV
**** As for three stars but using open standards from W3C to identify
***** All the above but additionally linking your data to other peoples to provide context

There are some badges available here to display on your site if you wish to display your commitment
Cafepress has official W3C merchandise available here

In the holiday downtime it is good to think about some of the ways we can make a real difference in amongst those cool drinks at the beach (or snow shovelling in the Northern Hemisphere)

iPhone WordPress Application Configuration

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On a self hosted WordPress installation (not a wordpress.com or .org) I was being continually rebuffed by an incorrect username/password combination – and I knew my password was correct.
Was it a problem with the iPhone application itself, was my blog misconfigured, who is John Galt?

The solution as it turns out was reasonably simple:

From your WordPress installation admin control panel: under Settings -> Writing in the Remote Publishing section ensure there is a tick in the checkbox

XML-RPC – Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols.

After that, you should be able to add the site from the iPhone app. Good luck!